by Sara Trappler Spielman
Robin Garbose has come far since directing theater in New York in the 1980s at Ensemble Studio Theater, the Juilliard School and the Irish Arts Center. Becoming observant 18 years ago, Garbose is today finding success in Hollywood with the mission of elevating the image of women in Jewish media.
Her feature film musical, A Light for Greytowers, premiered at Paramount’s Sherry Lansing Theater in Hollywood last December for women only. Based on the novel set in Victorian England, 12-year-old Miriam (above left) is abandoned in a cruel orphanage after her mother passes away from illness.
“There’s never been a young heroine like Miriam onscreen, fighting for Shabbat and [kashrut],” says Garbose.
The film’s young actresses are from Kol Neshama (www.kolneshama.org), a performing arts conservatory in Los Angeles that Garbose opened eight years ago for Orthodox girls with a “burning desire to perform.”
The film is reaching communities that don’t usually attend movies, and Garbose believes all-female audiences “can emerge as a viable niche market in the entertainment industry.”